This is an ongoing list of just some of the many accomplishments of ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools students and staff. Additional submissions always welcome; send to welisten@district279.org 

 


POINTS OF PRIDE

 

AUGUST 2018

 

ACHIEVING DREAMS

Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School has been named a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America. Weaver Lake is among 21 schools in 12 states to receive this honor this year. To become nationally certified, schools had to complete an intensive evaluation process and provide specific examples of how they are promoting diversity, closing the achievement gap, encouraging community involvement, and more. Weaver Lake will be recognized at Magnet Schools of America’s annual conference next April.

After a rigorous, two-year process, three graduates from Park Center Senior High’s Class of 2018 earned their International Baccalaureate Diplomas this summer. In order to earn their diplomas, Ziyne Abdo, Daija Hobin and Henry Huynh were each required to complete challenging coursework, take exams in six different areas, participate in community service learning projects, and write a 4,000 word essay.

Earlier this summer, Maple Grove Senior High’s Kevin Jacobson placed eighth at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Jacobson competed in the Congressional Debate category. He is the first Maple Grove student to ever qualify for the finals at the national competition.

Tasha Feigh, an Osseo Senior High alumna, competed in gymnastics at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, this summer. During the course of the competition, Feigh earned gold medals on the vault and uneven bars, and silver medals on the balance beam, floor exercise, and in the all-around.

Meredith Haakenson, a 2018 graduate of Maple Grove Senior High, was named the High School Girls Player of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. Haakenson was selected for this honor from a group of more than 50 female student-athletes who earned High School Scholar All-American awards. She is now a member of the women’s soccer team at the University of Michigan.

CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY

In early August, First Student held its second annual “Stuff the Bus” event at Park Center Senior High. During this event, community members were encouraged to donate school supplies to help students in need in our district. When the event concluded, enough supplies were donated to fill 150 bags for students.

LIFELONG LEARNING

Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Park Center Senior High students will have opportunities to prepare for future careers through paid internships with local businesses. The district will share the $95,000 grant with five other partners to form one of five Youth Skills Training pilot programs in the state. Through this program, students who are enrolled in designated classes at Park Center can apply for information technology-related internships with local businesses.

MISSION-DRIVEN EMPLOYEES

Educational support professionals from Osseo Area Schools donated nearly 1,300 books to Freedom Schools participants this summer. Freedom Schools provides students with reading enrichment to help curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. The ESPs aimed to collect at least 300 books—enough for each student to take one home—but they far surpassed that goal and, as a result, each student was given three books instead.  

Pollen, an organization that strives to build community and create change through storytelling, honored Ramona Kitto Stately with its “50 Over 50” recognition for 2018. Stately, one of the district’s American Indian culture and language specialists, was honored as a community leader for the support she provides to students, including ensuring that all graduate from high school.

Osseo Area Schools received the Employer of the Year award from BrookLynk on August 17. BrookLynk is a local organization that partners with businesses to coordinate internships for youth in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, providing them with experience and support to help develop pathways to college and career. This summer, 12 interns worked with Osseo Area Schools in human resources, I2T2, custodial, Freedom Schools, Kidstop, and business office roles.